Grand Central Terminal: Gateway to New York City

Grand Central Terminal: Gateway to New York City

by Ed Stanley
     
 
The story of how Grand Central Terminal became one of New York's -- one of America's even -- greatest landmarks is an engineering and architectural miracle. What many people don't know is that the terminal we know today was born from the ashes of a tragic train wreck. The story of Grand Central Terminal is one of countless innovations and inspirations, much hard work,

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The story of how Grand Central Terminal became one of New York's -- one of America's even -- greatest landmarks is an engineering and architectural miracle. What many people don't know is that the terminal we know today was born from the ashes of a tragic train wreck. The story of Grand Central Terminal is one of countless innovations and inspirations, much hard work, and more than a little glamour. Read on to learn about New York City's magnificent gateway.

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Children's Literature
This is a detailed book, chock-full of historical and architectural information about the grand old Grand Central Terminal, a landmark preserved and brought up to date due to the efforts of The Committee to Save Grand Central. The members of The Committee included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lent her prestige and energy to the group. Another well-known American, Cornelius Vanderbilt, had the original terminal built in 1871 at what was then the edge of the city. New York grew and prospered and eventually the location was centrally situated. Vanderbilt wanted the station, which took ten years to build, to be a palace; now the terminal, after a restoration also taking ten years, is magnificent. The celestial ceiling is perhaps the best-known feature of the terminal. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the building each day, traveling and visiting the shops and restaurants. The author urges visitors to "Gaze in awe at the main facade, crowned by sculpture and pierced by triumphal arches." This book may be daunting to the younger readers, but those with an interest in architecture, engineering and rail travel will be captivated. There are amusing anecdotes, many illustrations, a timeline and glossary. 2003, Mondo Publishing, Ages 8 up.
— Carolyn Mott Ford

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590344910
Publisher:
Mondo Publishing
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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